Like I’m A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney

I’m bringing my little podcast to the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney!

Comedian, philanthropist and philanderer Tom Ballard is bringing his acclaimed podcast LIKE I’M A SIX-YEAR-OLD live onstage to Sydney for the first time.

A one-on-one interview show about politics and how the world works, LIASYO is like Kitchen Cabinet with less cooking and more swearing.

Previous guests have included the likes of Waleed Aly, Peter Reith, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Ronny Chieng, Tracey Spicer and Father Bob Maguire.

Don’t miss this recording of two live episodes featuring two in-depth conversations with:

the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Member for Sydney TANYA PLIBERSEK

and

Sky News journalist and opinion columnist CAROLINE MARCUS.

Tickets $15 online or $20 at the door.

Book now here please yes!

108 – Julian Burnside AO QC

Julian Burnside AO QC is a barrister and refugee advocate who has acted in some of the highest profile legal cases in Australian history, from the cash for comment inquiry to the waterfront dispute to the Tampa affair.

For the past 16 years Julian has tirelessly spoken out about Australia’s cruel immigration policies and has acted pro bono for refugees and people seeking asylum. He received the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize for “his brave and principled advocacy for human rights and for those wronged by government [and] for insisting that we respect our international legal obligations toward those seeking asylum”.

I got to go to Julian’s (freaking amazing) house and talk to him at length about the state of refugee rights in Australia today, why he’s never run for office himself, how the MUA case changed the way he looked at governments, the arts, justice and evil.

Comedy For Good – A Benefit for Refugee Legal is happening tomorrow night in Melbourne

Come see Like I’m A Six-Year-Old LIVE in Sydney with Tanya Plibersek and Caroline Marcus on Wednesday July 12th

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

It’s Refugee Week! refugeeweek.org.au

refugeeswelcome.org.au

@JulianBurnside

julianburnside.com.au

Cathy Wilcox’s Not Drowning

Julian’s TedX Talk: What is fair and what is just?

Julian’s speech upon receiving the Sydney Peace Prize

Article: True Leaders – Julian Burnside, barrister and refugee advocate

Julian’s writing for Guardian Australia

Julian’s piece for The Conversation: What sort of country are we?

Article: How you can offer your home to a refugee

Cause of the Week: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au)

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107 – Shireen Morris

Shireen Morris is the Constitutional Reform Advisor at Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute.

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the Uluru Statement From The Heart, Shireen runs me through the history of constitutional recognition, what it means and how it might work moving forward. We cover symbolism, the political reaction to the Statement, what an Aboriginal Voice might look like, treaty and the tension between Indigenous land rights and environmental considerations.

I learnt a whole lot here because Shireen is fully heaps smart.

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Comedy For Good at Howler on Thursday June 22nd, raising $$ for Refugee Legal

My appearance on Stuart Goldsmith’s podcast The Comedian’s Comedian

Season 2 of First Contact is back up on SBS On Demand

@ShireenMorrisMs

Shireen on Facebook

Shireen sparring with Andrew Bolt on the ABC’s Yes or No? 

Article: No Australian should feel like a stranger in their own country

Article: A job half done by Noel Pearson

upholdandrecognise.com

RightWrongs: the ABC’s site on the 1967 Referendum

Uluru proposals deserve better than a knee-jerk reaction by Fred Chaney

Explainer: All the questions you were too afraid to ask about Indigenous constitutional recognition

Article: Why New Zealand’s Maori got a treaty and Australia’s Indigenous peoples didn’t

Cause of the Week: 1 Voice Uluru (1voiceuluru.org)

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106 – Jack Latimore

Jack Latimore is a Goori man of the Birpai nation. He’s a journalist and researcher who covers indigenous affairs, media, culture and politics and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Indigenous X, Koori Mail, The Citizen, medium, SBS and Overland.

In the past week we’ve marked Sorry Day and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and witnessed 300 Indigenous leaders gather in Uluru for a summit on what constitutional recognition for Australia’s First Peoples might look like. Here I ask Jack what he made of the summit’s Statement from the Heart, how recognition and/or treaty could work and media representations of Indigenous peoples, from First Contact to Stan Grant to Bill Leak’s cartoons.

Listen To Love is on Audible

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

@LatimoreJack

@IndigenousXLtd

jacklatimore.online

Jack’s writing for The Guardian

Article: Noel Pearson’s model for recognition wins support

Article: Five factors that will shape the outcome for Recognise at Uluru 

Article: Indigenous Leaders Call For A Treaty In The Landmark “Uluru Statement From The Heart”

Article: Uluru forum to pursue Makaratta instead of symbolic recognition  

Jack’s piece on First Contact 

Jack’s piece on the ABC’s Recognition: Yes Or No

Jack’s piece on Bill Leak’s cartoon

Nyunggai Warren Mundine’s piece on Bill Leak’s cartoon

This week’s Q&A: 1967 and Mabo – Moving Forward

John Newfong on wikipedia

Cause of the Week: Indigenous X (indigenousx.com.au), Seed Mob (seedmob.org.au) & Koorie Youth Council (yacvic.org.au)

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105 – John Safran

John Safran is one of the most interesting writers/comedians/filmmakers/broadcasters/provocateurs/social commentators Australia has ever produced. He’s fascinated by issues surrounding religion and race and the Illuminati and he’s very funny when exploring them.

John’s latest book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, sees him hanging out with far right extremists like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, Islamic fundamentalists and far left anarchists. It’s brilliant, challenging and very relevant to the INTENSE political moment we’re living through. Here John and I talk about patriotism, extremism, Australia’s reluctance to accept radicalism in any form and geese and ganders.

Please help out Refugee Legal because Peter Dutton is being awful again

Listen To Love is on Audible

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

@johnsafran

johnsafran.com

Depends What You Mean By Extremist is out now

Article: John Safran – ‘In Australia we don’t get religion’ 

Cause of the Week: The Make A Wish Foundation (makeawish.org.au)

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104 – Wil Anderson

One of the biggest and best comedians in Australia, Wil Anderson is super funny, super smart and super nice. Wil is a world-renowned stand up, the host of the ABC hit Gruen, former host of weekly satire show The Glass House and serial podcaster. He’s been thinking and telling jokes about the news for a long time and he’s pretty bloody good at it.

This chat covers a lot of ground, from Wil’s thoughts on the size of government to the state of journalism and the ABC to his approach to political comedy. We also eat some cheese and laugh about Mark Latham.

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia  

Gay and Bi men are being persecuted in Chechnya – you can help:

Sign this Amnesty petition

Sign this AllOut petition

Buy William Elm’s song “One”; all proceeds going to the Russia LGBT Network

Find out more in this New York Times article

@wil_anderson

wilanderson.com.au

My episode with Chris Berg

Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent

My chat with Wil on his show Wilosophy

You Can’t Ask That

Article: Is The World A Laughing Matter? One Night Stan Comics on Why Comedy Has A Vital Role

Cause of the week: UNHCR (unrefugees.org.au), support independent media please

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103 – Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is a self-identifying “radical” poet and human rights activist. She works in refugee resettlement, is a GetUp! board member, co-founded the Dubai Poetry Slam and has worked with organisations like Amnesty International and WestWORDS.

At a time of heightened Islamophobic debate raging in the public sphere in Australia, Sara and I talk about what it’s like to have your faith and community constantly being scrutinised and demonised by politicians and commentators. From the plight of Yassmin Abdel-Magied to Palestine to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the intersection of Islam and feminism, this is a really enlightening discussion about uncomfortable things.

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

@SaraSalehOz

Wasting The Milk In Summer on Facebook

Article: Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

Sara and Maajid Nawaz on ABC’s The Drum

Article: Why are fighting Islamophobia at the expense of Indigenous Australians? by Sara Saleh

Article: How did Maajid Nawaz end up on a list of ‘Anti-Muslim Extremists’? 

Article: “You are not our ally” – Video campaigned launched as Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour

Article: Getup! Director backs Israeli boycott

Article: Fighting Hislam: Susan Carland on what it means to be a Muslim feminist

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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102 – Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT. He’s passionate about civil liberties, defending freedom, shrinking the size of government and general libertarian good times.

Here Chris and I cover a lot: “ideology” not being a dirty word, the pitfalls of politics, the role of the State, prosecuting radical ideas, human flourishing, adapting to (rather than taxing) climate change, the Nanny State, partying in Amsterdam and why the Commonwealth Games are a rort.

Problematic is on at the Sydney Comedy Festival this week for 4 shows only

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

Listen to Alice Fraser and me on The Bugle live at the Melbourne Comedy Festival

Sam Wallman’s piece on the minimum wage

@chrisberg

Chris’ writing on ABC’s The Drum

Chris’ writing on The IPA

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

25 More Ideas For Tony Abbott

Chris’ speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on the “Nanny State”

The Libertarian Alternative published by MUP

Cause of the Week: The Human Capital Project (humancapitalproject.com.au)

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101 – Tim Lo Surdo

This guy is a gun. At just 22 years old, Tim Lo Surdo has advised federal senators and worked at everywhere from the Oaktree Foundation to the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition to UN Youth to the United Voice union.

He’s now set up an advocacy group called Democracy in Colour: an advocacy group dedicated to combating racism in Australian politics. It’s a fascinating project, and here Tim outlines his personal experiences of racism, the realities of racism and the politics of fear in Australia today, the Left’s failures to combat such racism and how white allies can help (in the right way).

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

And it’s now on sale for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

@timlosurdo

Article: This Young Australian Is Starting An Organisation To Fight Pauline Hanson And Cory Bernardi by Osman Faruqi

Cause of the Week: Democracy In Colour (on Facebook@democracycolour)

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100 – Paul Oosting (Live)

100 episodes, everyone! We bloody made it. Gosh.

Thanks so much for getting onboard with this little show. I love doing it and hope you get something out of each episode. I’ve learnt so much talking to all the guests on the show over the past two years and hope to keep doing it for as along as I can.

I can think of no better way to celebrate the century than with a live show at The Wheeler Centre with the national director of GetUp!Paul Oosting.

In this chat, recorded in front of a “sold-out crowd” (it was free, but still – pretty cool) as part of the Centre’s Invasion of the Pod People series on Monday March 27th, Paul and I discuss what GetUp! is all about and how things are looking for progressives in this country at the moment. From the far-right’s influence on the government to 18C to campaign finance reform to the crucial difference between viewing the electorate as “disenfranchised” as opposed to “disengaged”, this is a really interesting and relevant discussion for now.

PLUS we brainstorm about how to stop Dutton getting elected.

A big thanks to Paul for flying down from Sydney just for the show and Helen and everyone at The Wheeler Centre for their help in making this happen.

Here’s to 100 more!

There are just 7 shows left of Problematic at MICF 2017, including an extra show on Saturday April 22nd

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

I’m doing one show only of Boundless Plains To Share this Saturday April 22nd at 5pm

I was in the 2017 MICF Great Debate: watch it on iView here

Here’s my spot at the MICF Allstars Gala

My special The World Keeps Happening is streaming on Stan Australia now

@PaulOosting

Article: Here’s the race hate scare campaign to Liberal marginal electorates

Article: The Left’s foreign donors by Eric Abetz

Article: GetUp! army spurs for conservative foil

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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